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Representation Elections

Learn how union-representation elections are triggered, conducted, and challenged.


I. Triggering the Election Process

A union attempted to organize a nursing home’s service and maintenance employees. After obtaining signed authorization cards from 50 percent of the relevant employee group, the union asked the home to recognize it as the service and maintenance employees’ representative. The home refused. What happens next?

The union here could trigger an election by filing a petition with the NLRB once it established support from at least 30 percent of employees within the...